Tribute To Joshua Oppenheimer At CCA July 11-12

Movie still from Look of Silence’, a film by Joshua Oppenheimer to be screened at CCA July 12. Courtesy photo

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SANTA FE – Joshua Oppenheimer will screen his two interconnected feature documentaries, the Oscar-nominated “Act of Killing” and soon-to-be-released “Look of Silence,” winner of more than 30 awards, during a weekend-long celebration and exploration of his groundbreaking work. 

Oppenheimer’s films, each exploring the Indonesian genocide of 1965-1966 from a different perspective, represent a landmark in the cinema of commitment. They are two of the most critically acclaimed and celebrated documentaries of all time.

Oppenheimer grew up in Santa Fe, and received a B.A. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London. In addition to his ongoing filmmaking projects, Oppenheimer is a partner at the Danish production company, Final Cut for Real, and a reader in the Department of Photography and Film and director of the Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film at the University of Westminster in London. He is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow.

“Act of Killing” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, and won more than 50 international prizes. “Look of Silence” has won 36 awards including the Grand Jury Prize and Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Peace Film Price at the Berlin Film Festival.

There will be three public events:

Public Screening of the Director’s Cut of “The Act of Killing”

  • 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at the Center for Contemporary Arts
  • Oppenheimer will appear in person.            
  • $12/no passes                          

Imagine if the Nazis had won. Exploring terrain few filmmakers would dare visit, Oppenheimer invites boastful Indonesian thugs—whose political party still rules the country—to recreate their executions in lavish sequences. We come face to face with the psychology of murder, torture, rape and intimidation in ways previously unimaginable in the cinema or literature of genocide.

Lessons from Indonesia: An Interview with Joshua Oppenheimer and David Barsamian with Reception to Follow 

  • 4 p.m. Sunday, July 12 at Muñoz Waxman Gallery
  • $50 includes entry to Look of Silence screening
  • This event, a benefit for the Center for Contemporary Arts, will include appetizers and refreshments.

Oppenheimer will discuss his films, their impact on Indonesian society and the larger truths about global power they reveal. Barsamian, founder and director of Alternative Radio, will conduct the interview.

“Look of Silence” Screening

  • 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 12              
  • Director Joshua Oppenheimer in person and a special guest by Skype                 
  • $12/no passes  

Oppenheimer’s extraordinary follow-up to the Oscar-nominated “The Act of Killing” profiles a young optometrist who goes on a solemn quest: to understand the murder of his brother during Indonesia’s genocidal civil war of 1965. The challenges are severe. The Indonesian power structure continues to glorify the killers, and the families’ victims continue to live side-by-side with the unrepentant perpetrators. As the young doctor calmly interrogates his neighbors, implicated in the crimes, his hopes for reconciliation slowly dissolve. Still, he keeps asking questions, even as the risks grow.

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